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Katagami stencil

about 1870

This is one of around 400 Japanese 'katagami' stencils which are part of the Silver Studio Collection. The stencils were produced in Japan as a way of applying patterns to fabric, mainly kimonos. The katagami collected by the Silver Studio all date from the 1860s and 70s, and were used by the Studio's designers as reference material via which to produce their own Japanese-inspired patterns. This example featured in MoDA's Japantastic exhibition.

Object Number

K1.1

Layers of Japanese paper (glued with wheat starch paste), stained and waterproofed with persimmon juice.


height: 240mm
width: 400mm (unmounted)

height: 272mm
width: 429mm (mounted)

Further Reading

Hendon, Zoe. Japantastic: Japanese-Inspired Patterns for the British Home, 1880-1930. Blurb.com, 2010.

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture blog
http://www.modamuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/moda-features-in-cult-of-beauty.html

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture blog
http://www.modamuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/im-always-impressed-and-amazed-by.html

The Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture blog
http://www.modamuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/beauty-morality-voluptuousness.html

Hendon, Zoe. Japantastic: Japanese-Inspired Patterns for the British Home, 1880-1930. Blurb.com, 2010.

Art for Art's Sake: the Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

Calloway, Stephen & Federle Orr, Lynne. The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 London: Victoria and Albert Publications, 2011.

Katagami Style , Mabuchii, Akiko; Takagi, Yoko; Nagasaki, Iwao, Ikeda, Yuko Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Mie Prefectural Art Museum; Nikkei Inc.,2012

Katagami Style [English language], Mabuchii, Akiko; Takagi, Yoko; Nagasaki, Iwao, Ikeda, Yuko: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Mie Prefectural Art Museum; Nikkei Inc.;

Hendon, Zoe. The Silver Studio and the Art of Japan, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, 2013

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